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Mr. Phillips from San Diego CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Book That Will Take Us To Africa

My students need copies of "A Long Walk to Water".

  • $228 goal

This project expired on January 14, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Many of my students have yet to be captivated by stories they have read. Too many of them believe reading is an exercise they must endure, in order to please teachers and parents. This book promises to reach them. It is real; it is based in struggle; and it will take them across the globe.

My students showed up on the first day of school with hope in their eyes.

Despite the fact that many of them attend our school by default, rather than choice, they were anxious for new learning, new experiences, and new friends. As a teacher devoted to this school and these particular children, I want to give them the best year they have experienced. I start each day high-fixing them as they enter the room. I work hard to meet their individual needs, and I want to offer them the most captivating curricular choices. Every bit counts, in a neighborhood where disproportionate amounts of students fail to matriculate, all the way through high school. A good majority of my students are 'up against it' academically. Most are struggling readers, attending an under-served, public middle school. One hundred percent of our students receive free and reduced lunches, and about half of them are English Language Learners. One third of them have learning challenges of some sort, but all of them deserve our best!

My Project

I am anxious to get a class set of this particular novel for multiple reasons. 1. I believe the story holds promise for engaging all of my students. The two main characters face challenges that my students will connect with- yet overcome. 2. The story features both male and female main characters. 3. The book has been identified by Common Core experts with EngageNY. Choice classroom activities promise to raise student achievement, particularly reading levels and high order thinking skills. In the classroom, I plan to: 1. Read in a variety of formats including shared, guided and independent. 2. Engage in Socratic seminars to guide students into deep thinking. 3. Bring in a "lost boy," now aged 30, from Sudan to speak with my students. 4. Use the text to launch a Problem-Based Learning project in my class, a first. 5. Share my learning with other teachers in my department.

Giving to our class will make a sizable difference in the lives of 30 students.

Having access to read this novel will help students feel both honored and challenged. Instead of getting the traditional, library-issued novels, students will be given the opportunity to meet fresh voices, coming to them from halfway across the globe. Thanks in advance for playing a part in the transformation of one middle school English class!

Mr. Phillips
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $4.22 35 $147.70

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